Sunderland manager Simon Grayson has admitted that the recently relegated side may have to sell players first before buying any more, according to a report from The Chronicle.

Sunderland have started the 2017/18 season in decent form, drawing with fellow promotion chasers Derby County in their first league game of the season, and then beating Bury in the first round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday.

Former Preston manager Grayson moved to The Stadium of Light in June, after having an impressive season with ‘The Lilywhites’ last time out, with the Lancashire side finishing a respectable eleventh, and will be looking to guide ‘The Black Cats’ back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

The North East club have signed seven players so far, but will want to add to that before the window closes, with former Leeds and current Aston Villa striker Ross McCormack the rumoured top target.

Grayson said in the Chronicle report on the situation and relationship with chief executive Martin Bain:

“I’ve got a good relationship with Martin, and it’s really a case of seeing what happens with getting players out.

“It’s going to be a case of when a player leaves, we will replace them.

“There might still be scope to bring in players without that happening, too.

“And if somebody goes out for a large amount of money, it might allow you to bring in two off the back of one going out.

“It’s all relative to the wages, I’ve still got two loans, so there are plenty of options for us.

Sunderland travel to Carrow Road on Sunday and will look to pick up more points against a promotion rival, as they push for promotion themselves.

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